2015 is here and it’s the time of the year to formulate a nutrition plan.
We provide you with ten tips to keep you brimming with good health!
Take small meals
Small meals raise the body's metabolism. Large meals will leave you feeling sluggish and sleepy.
Sit down and eat slowly
Eat slowly to give your body time to release enzymes that tell your brain that you've eaten enough. Also avoid eating on the go; the slower you eat, the more you will enjoy your food and the sooner you will feel full.
Don't overeat if you are stressed
Many of us look for an antidote to ease stress. But stress eating results in greater stress. Avoid mindless eating and look for other ways to de-stress.
Keep yourself hydrated
Our bodies are 70 per cent water. Dehydration causes many problems such as joint pains, cramping and headaches. Keep a large bottle of water by your side to drink during the day.
Make better food choices
Choose whole grain foods and low-fat foods, avoiding refined and processed foods.
Cut back on cigarettes and alcohol
Limit your exposure to smoke at home, work, restaurants or bars. Cut back on smoking and alcohol.
Switch to decaf
Don't eliminate food groups
Each food group has a vital function to perform. It is a great idea to cut back on heavier to digest foods and make lighter and healthier choices, but definitely do not put the entire food group on your 'taboo' list.
Have an early dinner
Eat at least 2 hours before you sleep. Little digestion occurs during sleep, so try and eat your evening meal two hours before going to sleep.
Include a variety of fruits, vegetables, sprouts and grains in your diet.
These foods protect the body against disease, build immunity levels and are an excellent source of energy.